The Dreyfuss Planetarium's gallery features an exhibit about the planet Saturn. From an ancient "wandering star" to a modern day celestial laboratory, Saturn tantalizes the eye, spirit and mind. This ringed wonder has been explored with telescopes, flyby probes and now the orbiting Cassini spacecraft. Countless rings and dozens of moons harbor clues to the history of our Solar System and help us understand our place in the Universe.
The Cassini spacecraft has been in orbit around Saturn since 2004 and its Huygens probe was the first to land on Saturn?s largest moon Titan in 2005. Since then Cassini has completed more than 700 orbits around the planet, discovered 7 new moons and taken more than 300,000 images. Its mission was recently extended to 2017 after which the spacecraft will make a dramatic plunge through the planet?s rings and into the atmosphere.
The exhibition will feature information and images from this spectacular mission, as well as other updates on other current space missions.